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Unprecedented Disrepect? (UPDATE)

(AURN) -- A Facebook post by Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has renewed talk about the high level of disrespect for the nation's first Black president.  
Senator Dick Durbin-D/IL

Durbin wrote recently that during tense meetings over the government shutdown, a top GOP leader reportedly told President Obama that he couldn't even stand to look at him.

In the post, Durbin--a close friend of the President Obama--said,  "Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn't try hard enough to communicate with Republicans.  But in a "negotiation" meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: "I cannot even stand to look at you."

What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?


Meantime, according to The Hill, House Speaker John Boehner's office says he doesn't know what Durbin is talking about; the White House had no comment.  It remains unclear to which GOP leader he was referring.


UPDATE:  10/23/13  4:44PM

When asked about Senator Durbin's Facebook post during the White House daily briefing, press secretary Jay Carney said he checked with a participant of the meeting in question.

“I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting and it did not happen,” Carney said.

According to, Durbin's office had no further comment or details about the post. 



(Senator Dick Durbin/Official Senate photo)

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